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TXCNS group elects Texas Tech nursing faculty member as president

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing professor and associate dean for research Alyce Ashcraft, RN, PhD, CNE, ANEF, was elected president of the Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists. Ashcraft’s term began Jan. 26 and runs through May 2015, according to a news release.

TXCNS provides a voice for clinical nurse specialists in Texas to promote the contributions of clinical nurse specialists to the health of individuals, families and communities and to the performance of healthcare organizations.

Ashcraft also was named co-editor for the National Gerontological Nursing Association’s section of Geriatric Nursing, a comprehensive source for clinical information and management advice relating to the care of older adults.

“Dr. Ashcraft’s election as TXCNS president and selection as co-editor of Geriatric Nursing are evidence of her commitment to and powerful leadership in the profession,” said Michael L. Evans, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the TTUHSC School of Nursing, in the release. “Her leadership is demonstrative of the School of Nursing’s commitment to outstanding nursing practice and enhances the school’s visibility in the professional nursing community. We are pleased Dr. Ashcraft will have such an active role in transforming
nursing’s future.”

As state president of TXCNS, Ashcraft also will serve as its spokeswoman. “This will be a tremendous opportunity to represent TXCNS professionals across the state of Texas, especially when the legislature convenes again,” Ashcraft said.

Ashcraft joined TTUHSC in 2001. She earned an Outstanding Faculty Award from the TTUHSC Student Senate and the President’s Excellence in Teaching and the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching award in 2009. She served as a Faculty Senate member from 2006 to 2012, holds the Glenna Roberts Endowed Practiceship and has an active research program at the Carillon LifeCare Community.

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